Emmanuel SaulnierBen Irakim. Je suis loin© ADAGP, Paris © Emmanuel Saulnier
A French artist born in 1952, Emmanuel Saulnier has given much thought to two notions that are essential to his work: the presence of the object and displacement. For Saulnier, the physical presence of the sculpture invites the investment of all spaces, all communal spaces. His subtle, poetic treatment of the work involves transparency, fragility and balance, recalling that a work of art implies a vision and a thought, by forming a metaphorical space. In the paradox of the materials used, fragile (glass) or solid (stone), his sculptures develop another relationship with the pedestal, the floor and the earth, echoing Brancusi. Saulnier has chosen a figure by Odilon Redon standing in the middle of the room dedicated to the artist, finding in it the question of internal shifts and distancing.
Serge Lemoine, President of the Musée d'Orsay, in conjunction with Olivier Gabet, curator, Musée d'Orsay.